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Gauteng drivers ditch e-tags

2012-06-11 08:00

Johannesburg - More than two-thirds of Gauteng drivers have not or will not buy an e-toll tag, a new survey has revealed.

The study, conducted by marketing firm Ipsos, shows 72% of drivers in the province disagreed with the concept of e-tolling.

Researchers said: "The numbers in our survey simply confirm... opposition with the intended non-co-operation of Gauteng drivers."

UNREASONABLE TARIFFS


The survey was conducted before an interdict halting e-tolling was handed down in May 2012. In a similar poll in 2011, 69% of drivers questioned said they would pay e-toll fees, provided that the fees were affordable.

This was prior to the release of the final rates.

In the latest study, almost 64% believed the tariffs were unreasonable, even taking into account the discounts for frequency and time of day.

Ipsos said 63% of the drivers wanted the government to find an alternative to e-tolling: "Support for the system has dwindled to a very large extent.

“One could speculate this is a result of a few factors, such as the prospect of the system actually being implemented, the bad publicity around the system and the unfortunate miscommunication of the project from its inception," the marketing firm said.

FINANCED THROUGH TAXES

In a separate statement, the South African Road Federation came out in support of a mixed approach to finance the country's roads. Spokesman Malcom Mitchell said 95% of costs should be financed through general taxes.

Heavily trafficked and expensive roads such as Gauteng's upgraded freeway system should be financed through charging users.

Mitchell said: "The public does not object to being billed directly for utility usage or for paying a portion of its education and medical costs directly. Why, then, does it object to paying a portion of road costs on the basis of use?"

SAPA

Comments
  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-06-11 10:10

    Mitchell said: "The public does not object to being billed directly for utility usage or for paying a portion of its education and medical costs directly. Why, then, does it object to paying a portion of road costs on the basis of use?" Because it's already been paid for! Double taxing for the same thing is unfair. Sanral's discounts - based on Sanral's sole discression means that no one will get a discount in any case, because the max would be asked. If you try and question it, it is according to Sanral also not allowed either, because once again at the sole discretion of Sanral. Take a very hard long look at your terms and conditions on all points versus the the credit consumer act and ALL other acts and regulations involved and stop asking stupid questions. Besides you have money in order to buy land to build roads, but you don't have money to continue financing yourselves. With how many split tongues do you want to talk. Lying thieves!!!!

  • Johnathon - 2012-06-11 10:29

    Mr Mitchell, I will tell you why the public objects to e-tolling and paying for road usage. This is nothing but another tax, upon another tax, upon another tax, upon another tax. They no longer have the financial capabilities to be taxed forever, while the incompetent and corrupt Government spends public funds like water to support an opulent lifestyle, way out of proportion to anything they put back or contribute, to the efficient management and running of our country. They love their long Blue Light Convoys, comprised of the most expensive luxury vehicles 1.2 million car allowances will buy. Schools without books, hospitals collapsing, municipalities totally dysfunctional, Corrupt Provincial and local Government etc, etc. Finally, the fuel levy has always been for financing the freeway and road network in SA, not as another source to support Government BLING, and disgusting personal self excesses, and cases of Johnny Walker Blue Label. That is why they object, the honourable Mr Mitchell.

  • Vickers - 2012-06-11 11:46

    To support OUTA in and/or make a contribution for their legal battle against this extortion go to their website at http://www.outa.co.za

  • Ebon - 2012-06-12 09:22

    At mr Mitchell: Ever heard the proverb about the straw that broke the camel's back? Well the Gauteng tolls were the last straw.

  • Vickers - 2012-06-12 12:46

    If you are not a people person, apply for a job at a E-Tag booth. You will get through your whole working day without having to interact with anybody. That must be one of the loneliest jobs available these days

  • achmad.osman - 2012-08-03 12:44

    Mr. Mitchell should rephrase his question and ask "why does the public object to such a high proportion of the fees going into the pockets of government ministers and an Austrian company?" South Africans are used to being screwed over - that is not the issue. Gauteng motorists merely ask - "why are you so surprised when we say you are being too greedy". The so-called Gauteng freeway improvement project took existing roads and added tolls and now asks for money for the building of the tolling infrastructure. It would have been different if new roads were built.

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